Welcome to Class 26

Jenifer Dymek
Sr. Advertising Strategist, Salt River Project

The Class 26 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s core program. The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community.

The first day of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 26 was like the first day of school. Maybe it was the excitement of being on a school campus (our first class was held at Scottsdale Community College), or maybe just the chance to meet other people ready to embark on an adventure. A new place where we’ll all be pushed to be better, and stretch a little higher. The hum of the room and the excitement touched everyone, from members of the class to the alumni and staff.

So what makes up this class of leaders? In the amazing 90-second commercials, we found out that we have poets and football fanatics. A crockpot chef and a police chief named Jeff. An amazing baker, a nail polish fanatic, a ringside announcer and animal lover. Still remember what makes Nick tick? Lawyers and CPA’s and realtors, oh my! A marathon runner and rock and roll singer, this class is loaded with leadership ringers!

There are so many to name, and so many new faces to get to know. This class is filled with amazing and interesting people and we’ve only seen the very tip of the iceberg.

But what is a leader? Former Scottsdale city manager Dick Bowers shared his experience and inspirational thoughts:

  • There is nobility in public service
  • You can make change happen despite your surrounding situation
  • Discuss the un-discussables
  • Create tension
  • Controversy is a seed to grow
  • The relationship with the person directly below you is less important than the one with the person several layers below you
  • Keep your vision within people’s grasp

In the words of our Scottsdale Leadership president Brian Bednar, it’s our time to be present and take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

Good luck to all!



Filed under Class, Leadership

5 responses to “Welcome to Class 26

  1. Braden

    I agree it was a good mix of meeting classmates, understanding the rules and plans, and best of all listening to a leader whose insights on leadership and the community were very enlightening. Looking forward to this Friday.

  2. Terri Blau

    Nice Job, Jeni!

  3. Carol Damaso

    Welcome, Class 26. The excitement has only just begun – you are in for a great ride! Wish I could do it all over again.

  4. Chris Irish

    Dick Bowers is such an inspiring and creative person. I’m glad Class 26 was able to meet him on their very first day. And, it was thrilling to see how many creative thinkers we have as class members….it’s going to be a great year!

  5. Nick Molinari

    Great job Jeni. It was a great day. Dick Bowers was phenomenal… a great way to kick things off. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone today.

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